They are distinguished from others by the long, flowing and deeply forked tail. The comet goldfish is also slimmer and smaller when compared to the ordinary goldfish.
Ideal not just for veteran fish breeders and raisers, but also for beginners who would love to try their hand in raising goldfish.
What makes the comet different
- The comet goldfish is a great breed for those new to keeping an aquarium. They’re easy to take care of and because of a hardy nature can be kept in an outdoor pond or inside your house in an aquarium or tank.
- These are much smaller than the common goldfish. An average comet usually reaches 6 to 10 inches although there are certain specimens that can reach up to 12 inches.
- An outstanding feature of this fish is its beautiful tail. The forked tail is very long (at least 3/4 of the length of the body). In large comets where the body is about 12 inches long, the tail can be the same length, and in some circumstances it can be longer than the body.
- The tips of the caudal fin are clear and this is attractive, especially if it’s seen in the background of the comets color. The graceful flow is beautiful to watch.
- Commonly this goldfish is yellow and silver in color. However they can also come in a combination of other metallic colors.
- Comets are fast, agile swimmers.
- They are very fertile and can multiply and propagate in a short span of time. They are one of the most prolifically bred fish in pet shops.
- Comets also have the usual characteristics that goldfish possess.
Sarasa comet fish facts
- The Sarasa comet goldfish is one of the most common kinds of comets.
- Sarasa comet can be distinguished easily because of the white pattern in its body and the deep brilliant red color depicted on its body and on its fins.
- Originally from China
- The comet was one of the first sea creatures domesticated.
- They were named ‘comet’ because the unique quality of the tail resembling a comet flying through the sky.
- First seen in Washington in the ponds of the United States Government Fish Commission, this breed was developed in the 1880’s by government worker Hugo Mulertt. Mulertt became a propagator of goldfish and subsequently the first person to introduce the comet goldfish to the general populace. Thanks Hugo!
Comets are in demand in various parts of the world. A great many are fascinated with this breed and it’s easy to see why. They’re inexpensive to buy and the comet goldfish is the ideal pet.
Caution: Although comets can be raised in outdoor ponds and can thrive in that environment, be aware that they are prone to congested fin during winter.
updated November 2018